Vehicle stuck in a swamp leads to impaired driving charges for Caledon man


Published July 21, 2023 at 2:24 pm

A call from a concerned citizen has led to impaired driving charges for a Caledon man who police say drove into a swamp near Barrie this week.

The incident happened shortly before 9:30 p.m. on Thursday (July 20) when the OPP said officers were called to the area of Hwy 400 and Hwy 12 in Tay Township, approximately 50 kilometres north of Barrie.

The OPP says a Good Samaritan spotted a vehicle down in a swamp on the east side of Hwy 400 and called the police.

Officers arrived and began investigating, saying the 65-year-old driver from Caledon was arrested at the scene.

Stephen Clewes, 65, of Caledon has been charged with two offences including operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs.

The accused also faces a 90-day driver’s licence suspension, and the vehicle was towed and impounded for 45 days.

The incident has officers reminding the members of the public to contact police or call 9-1-1 if they suspect someone is driving while impaired.

If you suspect someone of impaired driving you can report it by calling 9-1-1. You can also provide information anonymously by contacting Peel CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at

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